Week 2: Bewegung Rechts Entlang (Moving Right Along)

Guten Tag everybody! Phew! Made it through my first week! Already I have had some successes, some setbacks, some gains and some losses. I have been eating *slightly* better, however one day I did crack under the pressure and had….ice cream! (DUN-DUN-DUN). Ben and Jerry’s Karamel Sutra to be exact. I prayed to the food gods to forgive me and thankfully I was back on track the next day.

One thing I just simply can’t seem to get used to is taking supplements in the form of HORSE pills. I mean, these things are HUGE! I take a One-a-Day Women’s multivitamin supplement every day at lunch time and I swear it takes everything I got to swallow the little sucker! Just as bad are those dang “fishy pills” (aka Omega-3 supplements). I swear I think I could swallow an entire sardine and it would probably go down easier. Because of my high triglycerides, I’m taking 4 of those suckers a day, two at breakfast and two at dinner. But hey, it’s a small price to pay to stay healthy, right?

One area I’ve really been rockin’ in is exercise. I exercised a total of five days last week which, for me, ain’t too bad! I would have done six days, but my knee was starting to “talk to me” so I decided to err on the side of caution and take an extra day off. Mr. Galloway would be so proud of me! Most days I walked on the treadmill at the gym for 60 minutes at three miles per hour (I prefer to exercise outdoors, but it seems that Mother Nature likes it hot. Like, in the high 90’s hot!). I also swam just to mix things up a bit. I originally wanted to start walking at 3.5 miles per hour, but it seems my knee is having issues with just 3 miles per hour. I think it’s time to change my plans up a bit. Perhaps more swimming and less walking for a few weeks? Hey, anything to make my joints, happy. That’s just the kind of girl I am!

I’m super excited for tomorrow! Why you ask? I’m so glad you asked! I’m going on a 90-minute hike with my dog Nakai at my favorite place in the world: Irvine Regional Park in Orange, California. Not only do I like this park because of its excellent and challenging hiking trails, its beautiful scenery, and its oh so cute miniature railroad, I like the park because it holds special meaning to me. I started hiking there a good ten years ago with my (other) dog Kona. No matter how bad things seemed to be, I could always go to Irvine Park and everything else would just seem to melt away. For a good ten years this place was my safe haven and my second home. My dog probably loved it more than I did. When she passed away, I scattered her ashes along Puma Ridge Trail, one of the more challenging trails we hiked almost every time we went. Tomorrow will be the last time I hike that trail for a while since I will be leaving for college on Wednesday. Irvine Regional Park really is a great park. I highly recommend you check it out! Below is a picture of some of the hiking trails at Irvine Park and a picture of Puma Ridge Trail, the trail I frequently hike. If you’re interested in visitng Irvine Regional Park, here is a link to their website for more information:

http://www.ocparks.com/irvinepark/default.asp?Show=Introduction

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Wednesday is officially move-in day for me! I’m so excited to be going away to college, meeting new people, and getting in shape! Ya, that’s right, you heard me! Getting in shape and eating right. I’m making those two things a priority! After we move all my junk into my dorm, me, my mom, and my brother are heading down to the nearby Albertsons to pick up a rather large load of groceries, all of which will be shoved into my fridge for later consumption. I’ve already compiled a list of food I will be getting. Not included in the list is cake, cookies, and ice cream (among other things). I’m ready to get healthy and develop good habits in both the diet and exercise department. I was super excited to hear there is a Trader Joe’s right down the street from campus. After my initial trip to Albertsons, I will become a regular shopper at Trader Joe’s (yay!).

Well, this is it. This is the start of a long and arduous journey towards getting healthy and, yes, training for my very first marathon (excuse me, HALF marathon!). But I don’t want to get all mystical and mushy. Looks like for the next week or two I’ll be training for the marathon via water instead of on land. Darn those knees of mine! This is thatfatgermanchick saying thank you and gute nacht!

 

 

 

R.I.P. Kona

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Hier Gehen Wir! (Here We Go!)

Guten tag everybody! Welcome to my blog! I created this blog in hopes that it may inspire someone, amaze someone, get someone thinking, or if nothing else, provide a bit of entertainment for that especially bored someone! Topics include fitness, endurance, diet, exercise, weight loss, and health in general. I plan on sharing stories, personal experiences, controversial topics, burning questions, interesting articles, and much much more! So much more I can’t even think of it right now!

But the MAIN reason I decided to open up a blog is so that I may chronicle my progress in preparing and training for my very first half marathon! That’s right! The Disneyland Half Marathon to be precise! If you’re wondering what the Disneyland Half Marathon is, well, it is exactly what you think it is! It is a half marathon – for those of you who don’t know how long a half marathon is, it is a butt-kicking 13.1 miles – that takes place at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California that is held every year, usually in the month of September. How is the Disneyland Half Marathon different from other half marathons? I’m so glad you asked! The Disneyland Half Marathon is unique in that part of the course is located inside Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park. That means when you run the marathon, you get to run inside Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure! As if that’s not reason enough to go, you are also greeted by Disney characters along the route and are given opportunities to take pictures with them during the run. Sounds fun, right? Of course it does! That’s why I’m doing it! Actually, this will be my first ever marathon. Considering I’ve been a couch potato most of my life, this is actually a pretty big deal for me. For more information on the Disneyland Half  Marathon, go to http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

So here’s the deal: I have almost exactly 12 months to train for this marathon. That’s a lot of time, right? Well, there’s only one problem. I’m obese. I mean, I have fat and a lot of it. I’ve got so much fat on me, every time a mosquito bites me, it instantly dies of a heart attack (ba-bum-chh!). No seriously though, I’m big. In fact, too big to be training for any marathon. So this is what I’m gonna do: I’m going to start out doing low-impact exercises first, such as walking, swimming, and biking (don’t forget dieting!), lose a little weight, and THEN start running. Sounds good? Here’s the thing. I’ve got no beef with exercise. It’s DIETING that kills me every time. I HATE dieting! Not “dieting” in the sense that you starve yourself for a short period of time, but “dieting” as in portion control, drinking water instead of coke, limiting carbs, eating more fruits and veggies, you get what I mean, right? My biggest problem is (drumroll please) SWEETS. I have the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know. I mean, if I could eat cakes, cookies, and ice cream all day, believe you me! I would! That’s what got me into trouble in the first place. You see, right now I’m currently living with “mother dearest” who gets a real joy out of “feeding me stupid”. The best and the worst part of it is: nothing is off-limits to me. Meaning: if I want McDonalds, she will go out and buy me McDonalds. If I’m feeling ice cream, she will go out and get me a delicious scoop of Baskin Robins. If I want to go eat at Olive Garden, up and away we go to get an Italian margarita (240 calories), an appetizer (400 calories), fettuccini Alfredo (1200 calories), and of course, the delectable black tie mousse cake (760 calories). And this is just one meal, folks! So there you go. Now you know why I’m fat. Of course, I don’t mean to blame my oh-so-wonderful jiggliness on my beloved mother, however easy it may be. I understand that what I put into my mouth is my business…..and yet……who would pass up an opportunity to eat whatever they want whenever they wanted? Certainly not me.

But alas! I see light at the end of the (fat) tunnel! In two weeks time I will be embarking on one of the biggest journeys of my life. That’s right, I’m going away to college! Now I know what you’re thinking: What about the dreaded “freshman 15”, fatgermanchick? Ah, but you see, I won’t be going in as a freshman. I will be going in as a junior (transfer student). Therefore, the “freshman 15” does not apply to me. So ha! Plus, I have knowledge and motivation on my side. I am already planning on cooking the majority of my food at school, going to the school gym, and utilizing the school’s running track. Plus, I think with my mom out of the picture (again, not blaming her) I will have more willpower and strength to stay away from no-no foods. Also, being on a budget helps! No more Olive Garden for me (yay and boo!)

So here’s the game plan: I’ve got 52 weeks. Each week I will update you on my progress via my blog. Please feel free to comment, praise me, boo at me, share your own stories, opinions, whatever you want! Go nuts! Below are some of my “starting stats” as well as pictures. Ya, I know, I don’t like looking at these pictures any more than you do! But hey! It’s not supposed to be beautiful; it’s supposed to be motivational! This is thatfatgermanchick saying thank you and gute nacht!

 

Starting Stats: September 1st, 2012

 

Height: 5’6”

Weight: 210 pounds

BMI (Body Mass Index): 33.9

Body Fat Percentage: 36.4%

Measurements

Waist: 36 ½ inches

Bust: 43 inches

Ribs: 39 inches

Belly Button: 45 inches

Bicep: 12 inches

Right Thigh: 28 inches

Right Calf: 16 ½ inches

Bloodwork

Fasting Glucose: 93 mg/dL

Cholesterol: 135 mg/dL

Triglycerides: 442 mg/dL

HDL: 26 mg/dL

LDL Calculated: 36 mg/dL

Cholesterol/High Density Lipoprotein: 5.2 mg/dL

 

Goal Weight: 150 pounds

Pounds to Lose: 60